Kelly Holden Benker, 24, died Nov. 19 in Barton County. Born April 6, 1988 in Kingman, he was the son of Keith Wayne and Susan Lynn (Bojan) Benker. A resident of Great Bend since 1993, coming from Kingman, he was an electrician.
DENVER, Colo. - Sylvia Ann Welch, 79, died Nov. 14 at Porter Adventist Hospital in Denver, Colo. Born July 18, 1933 in Hoisington, she was the daughter of J. David and Esther (Ehrlich) Marmie. On May 17, 1954, she married Charles E. Welch in Great Bend. They later divorced. A resident of Denver, Colo. since 1954, coming from Great Bend, she was employed by J.C. Penney, May D & F, Circuit City, Mountain Bell and owned and operated a Dolly Madison Creamery in the 1970s.
BUSHTON - Central Plains Middle School would like to recognize 8th grade students Cassidy Crites and Aaron Schneweis as the November "Students of the Month."
HOISINGTON - Clara Barton Hospital Foundation will receive $140,000 in Kansas tax credits for the tax years 2012 and 2013 through the Kansas Community Service Tax Credit Program. The Foundation was notified by the Kansas Department of Commerce that its application was approved. Tax credit awards are distributed through a competitive application process.
The great American conservative thinker Russell Kirk once observed that some disasters are so catastrophic they require a re-examination of first principles. On Election Day, the Republican Party suffered such an existential shock.
With Hamas Rockets falling on Israel, massive layoffs decimating America's family's finances, and Barack Obama demanding massive tax increases or he will drive us over the fiscal cliff, we cannot help but day- dream about four years from now. We dream of days when Barack Obama will finally be retired, and his ignorance of economics will no longer plague our homeland.
The fourth-annual Great Bend Storm Special Olympics Turkey Bowl will kick off at 10 a.m. on Friday at Great Bend High School's Memorial Stadium.
ATLANTA - The Atlanta Falcons are tied for the best record in the NFL. They have a comfortable lead in their division. They've already clinched another winning season.
NEW YORK - Notre Dame is a victory away from playing for the BCS title. Alabama and Georgia each need two, and could have to go through each other.
If college football fans think the BCS picture got all shook up with those losses by Kansas State and Oregon, they might want to look at the potential chaos in the Big 12 Conference.
When Patrick Ewing rekindles the memories of his four years at Georgetown, there's a contented smile on his face.
The Students of the Great Bend Seventh-day Adventist School will present the musical "Don't Rock the Art" on Saturday, Feb. 28. The public is invited to attend the program at 11 a.m. or 5 p.m. at the church, or at 2 p.m. at Sterling House.
The Great Bend Public Library continues to offer patron programs at its temporary location, 3407 10th St.
The Barton County Sheriff's Office will offer a concealed carry class Saturday, March 21. This class is a prerequisite for obtaining a concealed carry permit through the State of Kansas. Residents of Barton County will be given priority enrollment.
Great Bend Fire/EMS
Great Bend High School swimmers hope they aren't all wet when it comes to a lofty goal they have set for themselves this weekend.
Golden Belt Community Foundation recently announced that applications are now being accepted for the Heartland Cancer Patient Care and Support Endowment Fund. Established with the transfer of assets from the St. Rose Foundation, the fund will continue a vision of helping local people.
PARK CITY - Great Bend's state-ranked Cody Liles (132) faces a loaded bracket in Friday's Class 5A State Tournament at Hartman Arena in Park City. The top two finishers will meet for the state championship Saturday night.
A Russell man was injured Wednesday in a one-car accident on U.S. 281, half a mile south of NW 180 Road. The Barton County Sheriff's Office reports that Nicholas T. Clenney, 24, was transported to the Russell hospital by the Hoisington Ambulance Service.
How much should the government fine people whose children are deemed by (some) well-meaning bureaucrats as "obese?"
It was one year ago last weekend that a violent coup overthrew the legally elected government of Ukraine. That coup was not only supported by U.S. and European governments -- much of it was actually planned by them. Looking back at the events that led to the overthrow it is clear that without foreign intervention Ukraine would not be in its current, seemingly hopeless situation.